Kansas City's Fall Festival Classics

In Kansas City, we have an abundance of fall festivals. Whatever your taste, we’re sure there’s something on this list that will have you saying, “Let’s go!”




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Eat Your Greens

Telling your kids that you’re going to a Spinach Festival on September 8 isn’t likely to make them shout, “Hooray!” so you might want to quickly add that besides the world’s largest spinach salad, there’s also other food that’s not green and leans more towards pure sugar. Plus, there’s family-focused entertainment. If you’re a spinach aficionado, be sure to take part in the spinach recipe contest. (There’s even a spinach dessert category. #hardpass) The City of Lenexa is sponsoring the festival to celebrate their leafy green heritage. Back in the 1930s Lenexa was the Spinach capital of the world. lenexa.com/spinach


Chalk It Up

Street painting dates back to the 16th century, and at the Chalk Walk Festival, you’ll be able to see modern-day artists creating masterpieces on brick canvases at Crown Center. This event, held September 8 & 9, is all about getting your creative juices flowing. There’s even areas for you and your kids to grab some chalk and make your own art. Be sure to enjoy the street performers and a curated craft fair. kcchalkandwalk.org

 

KC Chalk and Walk Artist

photo courtesy of kansas city chalk and walk 

 

KC CHALK AND WALK

PHOTO COURTESY OF KANSAS CITY CHALK AND WALK 


Jazz Hands

If it’s classic jazz you want, then classic jazz you shall have at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival. With the event’s September 8 date, bring your SPF to Harmon Park to enjoy headliner Logan Richardson and local fav the Shawnee Mission East High School Blue Knights. This event attracts thousands of music lovers that groove out to tunes that celebrate the rich culture of Kansas City jazz. pvkansas.com

 

PV JAZZ FESTIVAL

PHOTO COURTESY OF PRAIRIE VILLAGE JAZZ FESTIVAL 


A Toast to Autumn

200 craft beers, ‘nuff said, right? But that’s just the tip of the keg at the KC Beer Festival on September 15. This annual event features beer (duh), rare keg tappings (Oh my!) and food booths with brew-inspired themes. (Don’t leave there without trying the Choopercabra. It’s a pork shoulder with green chili, tomatoes and onions drenched in gravy, baby.) There’s also live music, so you can sip (65 brewing companies will be offering up their wares), sup and enjoy the tunes while savoring the season. kcbeerfest.com

KC BEER FEST 2017

PHOTO COURTESY BY KC BEER FEST 

 

KC BEER FEST 2017

PHOTO COURTESY BY KANSAS CITY BEER FEST 


Barbecue Throw Down

The American Royal World Series of Barbecue is where the best in the BBQ biz compete to see who's the champ of smoked meats. It’s also where you can go to enjoy not just “cue,” but a wide assortment of food and adult beverages. There’s live music, a car show, carnival rides (I dare you to eat a big ole plate of barbecue and then ride the mechanical bull), a “Cow Town” kid zone and fireworks. So, get yourself some burnt ends and enjoy the fun on September 15 & 16. americanroyal.com

 

AMERICAN ROYAL SERIES BBQ 2018

PHOTO COURTESY OF AMERICAN ROYAL ASSOCIATION 


Meals on Wheels

If you’ve ever wondered what the big deal is about food trucks, then high tail it to the Lenexa Food Truck Frenzy on September 22. Here, all your questions will be answered as you stuff yourself with offerings that range from the Bacon Wagon to the Waffler. As an added bonus, you’re right next door to the Lenexa Public Market so don't miss checking out the cool factor of this happening place. lenexa.com/foodtruckfrenzy

Lenexa Food Truck Frenzy 2017

Photo courtesy by lenexa city center